YONKERS, NY, July 6, 2010 — Yonkers residents now have eight additional seconds to cross the street at McLean Ave and Bronx River Road thanks to the quick efforts of State Senator Jeff Klein.
Last month, Klein’s office received a call from Yonkers resident Mary Ludwig. Ludwig expressed her extreme concern over the limited time the automated walk signs allowed for pedestrians to cross at the traffic intersection of McLean Avenue and Bronx River Road. Ludwig stated that she did not feel that the light allowed sufficient time for residents, particularly seniors, to make it safely across.
Klein’s office immediately contacted the Yonkers Traffic Division and was directed to contact the New York City Department of Transportation, as the intersection falls under their jurisdiction. Klein's office followed up with the NYC Department of Transportation and requested an inquiry into the situation. NYC DOT agreed to look at the issue to determine what could be done.
Less than a week after the inquiry from Klein's office, NYC DOT informed the office that they added a full eight additional seconds to the walk signs, dramatically increasing pedestrian safety at the intersection.
“Traffic safety is vital in ensuring our communities remain pedestrian friendly and more importantly, safe. I applaud the New York City Department of Transportation for taking quick action on the matter and believe by working together we've saved residents from potential injury or accident,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).
“This intersection is terrible. There are a lot of erratic drivers, it’s very dangerous. People get cutesy with their driving at the city-county line, and I’ve had more than my share of dodging traffic here,” said Mary Ludwig.